The mission of the Access to Justice Committee is to assure that every Louisiana citizen has access to competent civil legal representation by promoting and supporting a broad based and effective justice community through collaboration between the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana Law Schools, private practitioners, local bar associations, pro bono programs and legal aid providers.
The Access to Justice Committee was established in 1996 to consolidate the efforts of two existing LSBA committees (The Legal Services Committee and The Volunteers In Public Service Committee). As the mission states, the committee helps to strengthen an integrated delivery network by supporting all those who deliver legal services to the poor. The current committee is comprised of 40 volunteer members, both attorneys and non-attorneys, with the common interest of assisting the indigent with their legal needs. These volunteers, with various backgrounds, reside throughout Louisiana and include corporate counsel, legal service attorneys, legal educators, large and small firm representatives, and pro bono directors. Their diverse backgrounds only enhance the committee's ability to work through initiatives from a variety of approaches.
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Congratulations to the 2013 LSBA Pro Bono and Children's Law Award Recipients!
The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), in conjunction with the Louisiana Supreme Court, hosted the 28th annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony on May 21. LSBA Access to Justice Committee Co-Chairs Marta-Ann Schnabel and Luz M. Molina presented the awards to the 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award recipients. Children’s Law Committee Co-Chairs Cherrilynne W. Thomas and Judge Sandra Jenkins presented the Children’s Law Award. The ceremony was held in the Louisiana Supreme Court Building in New
The Pro Bono Awards Ceremony honors attorneys and other public interest legal professionals from around the state who provided exceptional pro bono services to Louisiana’s indigent, who may not otherwise have received adequate representation or access to the legal system.
To read more about the ceremony, see the attached article featured in the May 2013 LSBA Bar Briefs. Congratulations to the 2013 LSBA President's Awards Recipients! Six LSBA members (one recognized posthumously) received 2013 President’s Awards. All recipients were chosen by 2012-13 LSBA President John H. Musser IV of New Orleans and were recognized for various services to the Association. Recognized were Donald R. Abaunza, New Orleans; Robert A. Kutcher, Metairie; Winfield E. Little, Jr., Lake Charles; Clyde Darrow Merritt (posthumously), New Orleans; Judge Harry F. Randow, Alexandria; and Judge Lisa Woodruff-White, Baton Rouge.